Joe Danger Touch
Looking at Joe Danger and his brightly-coloured chums, you might be fooled into thinking they’re a long-time establishment and not an intellectual property only a couple of years old. The look, the tone and the polish of the game comes across with a confident ease that makes it a pure joy, even on the iOS platform.
You start off as Joe Danger, a bike-riding stuntman whom you must guide through trap-laden courses. You have to time the jumps, ducks and stunts perfectly, in the style of rhythm platformers like Bit.Trip.Runner. Simply completing each level isn’t enough, but they all have multiple goals to achieve, perfecting stunts, collecting all the coins and so on. The more coins you get, the more characters (out of the 30+) you can unlock and the more goals you hit, the more likely you are to unlock the next world. So there’s a lot to play through and a lot to open up. There are in-app purchases, but these are thankfully as unobtrusive as they are unnecessary.
Trying to complete each map’s goals and acquire in-game coins means that there’s a lot of replay value, as you start learning to match the rhythms of each map and its requirements. Once you learn to do things like perfectly land a jump onto a bullseye, there’s a real sense of achievement. Once you’re done trying to perfect the stunts in the level, you can try throwing your own in, too, adding a wheelie or a flip to keep your combo meter going and earning even more points.
The graphics are gorgeous, looking like any console’s arcade game offerings and rolling smoothly 90% of the time. There are the occasional stutters, but they are rarely in the levels themselves, more between maps. The setting is charming, brightly-coloured and while attractive, doesn’t distract from the action. The music is mostly inoffensive, and curiously reminiscent of Koopa Beach 2’s music from Mario Kart in places…which might say more about me than the game. There is also a voice over which yells, “Duck!” and “Jump!” at points which can get distracting. Fortunately, as a mobile game, this isn’t something which will be played often with the volume up and barely sullies an otherwise great fun game.
With so much to play through and so many things to perfect and unlock, Joe Danger Touch provides a ton of content for the £1.99 (or $2.99) it costs. As far as the platform goes, it’s definitely one of the nicest-looking and best value games on iOS.
Reviewed on iPad 3 & iPhone 4, review copy provided by Hello Games.
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